For these defendants, possessing marijuana for sale will carry a felony sentence of sixteen (16) months, two (2) years or three (3) years in jail despite marijuana legalization. 11
In 2016, California voters pass Proposition 64. Under the new law, Kayla’s offense would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail. So with the help of her California Proposition 64/marijuana legalization attorney, she files a petition for resentencing. The prosecutor does not oppose the petition, and it is granted.
California had been slowly moving toward marijuana legalization for a while. The use, cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana were legalized in 1996. And personal possession of up to an ounce of marijuana was previously a California infraction carrying no jail time.
Under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, possession of marijuana for sale is a misdemeanor. Even though he has served his sentence, Carlos applies for redesignation of his offense to a misdemeanor. This redesignation is granted. As a result, Carlos no longer has a criminal record that includes a felony.
Places that are licensed for marijuana consumption must meet the following requirements:
Before Prop 64: Felony
After Prop 64: Misdemeanor
Of course, resentencing under Prop 64 can also help you by reducing the apparent severity of the crimes on your record–which will make it easier to find jobs and housing and to rebuild your life after being convicted of a marijuana crime.
Before Prop 64: Felony
California Proposition 64 attorneys explain marijuana legalization and resentencing under Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
The initiative’s opponents received financial backing in the amount of about $2.07 million. The California secretary of state reported that Julie Schauer, based in Pennsylvania, provided $1,364,000 to ballot measure committees registered to oppose Proposition 64.    
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Doug Villars, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and C. Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Association, wrote the official argument in opposition to Proposition 64 found in the state’s voter guide: 
Revenue from the two taxes will be deposited in a new California Marijuana Tax Fund. First, the revenue will be used to cover costs of administrating and enforcing the measure. Next, it will be distributed to drug research, treatment, and enforcement, including: 
Bishop Ron Allen of the International Faith Based Coalition representing 5,000 inner-city churches calls Proposition 64 an “attack on minorities” and asks “Why are there no limits on the number of pot shops that can be opened in poor neighborhoods? We will now have a string of pot shops to go with the two liquor stores on every block, but we still can’t get a grocery store. Proposition 64 will make every parent’s job tougher.”
Fourth, California set previous political trends, including the legalization of medical marijuana in 1996. Journalist Madison Margolin, contributing to the Rolling Stone, said, “The Golden State is also known as a trendsetter with the power to break down stereotypes. Having pioneered medical marijuana in 1996, California is a leading exporter of cannabis policy and culture. If California legalizes, the way it goes about doing so will set a standard going forward for other local and national governments to follow.”  Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian candidate for president in 2016, Gary Johnson, said legalization in California would encourage other states to follow. He stated, “I do believe that California is going to vote to legalize marijuana recreationally, and I do see this as the absolute tipping point. I think when California does it in November, you will have 20 state legislatures, overnight, legislate it.” 
California voted for the Democratic candidate in all five presidential elections between 2000 and 2016.
Taxes were adjusted for inflation starting in 2020.  Local governments were authorized to levy taxes on marijuana as well.
We all know California’s current approach toward marijuana doesn’t make sense.
It’s time to put an end to our broken system, and implement proven reforms so marijuana will be safe, controlled, and taxed. 
Cost of signature collection:
Sponsors of the measure hired Kimball Petition Management, Inc. to collect signatures for the petition to qualify this measure for the ballot. A total of $2,093,616.10 was spent to collect the 365,880 valid signatures required to put this measure before voters, resulting in a total cost per required signature (CPRS) of $5.72.
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